Global AIDS Crisis: A Reference Handbook

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Global AIDS Crisis scrutinizes the scourge of HIV and the AIDS virus throughout the world through the eyes of one of the top AIDS researchers in the world. From Botswana and sub-Saharan Africa to Thailand, Romania, and Brazil, an exploration of developing countries with limited access to healthcare and scarce resources reveals how such factors as tourism, international travel, war, and mobility have facilitated the insidious spread of HIV and AIDS.

Candid discussions of sensitive issues such as stigma and its effects on morale and health complement scientific and medical inquiries into the origins of the disease and the development of antiretroviral therapies. An analysis of groundbreaking solutions such as "medication adherence partners," prevention strategies, and current vaccine models adds a glimmer of hope to a seemingly hopeless crisis.

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About the author

Richard G. Marlink, PhD, is senior researcher and executive director of the Harvard AIDS Institute at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. Dr. Marlink has developed HIV/AIDS research and education initiatives in Botswana, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.

Alison G Kotin is research publications coordinator at the Harvard AIDS Institute at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA.

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Publisher
ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2004
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Pages
283
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ISBN
9781851096558
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Diseases / AIDS & HIV
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
Social Science / Developing & Emerging Countries
Social Science / Sociology / General
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The way we deal with AIDS in Africa will All of them take account of the local cultural determine Africa’s future. The devastation context. But they all have something else in wrought by HIV/AIDS on the continent is so common; they stem from a political will to acute that it has become one of the main fight AIDS, and a recognition that facing up obstacles to development itself. AIDS to the problem is the first step towards c- threatens to unravel whole societies, com- quering it. I am convinced that, given that munities, and economies. In this way, AIDS will, every society can do the same. is not only taking away Africa’s present—it We have seen a growing understanding is taking away Africa’s future. of the inextricable link between prevention This crisis requires an unprecedented and treatment, and a conviction that tre- response. It requires communities, nations, ment can work even in the poorest societies. and regions, the public and the private sector, We have seen AIDS drugs become more international organizations and nongovern- available and affordable in poor countries, mental groups to come together in concerted, and scientific progress promises simplified coordinated action. Only when all these treatment regimes. Above all, we have seen a forces join in a common effort will we be able growing understanding that the key is poli- to expand our fight against the epidemic to cal commitment to providing treatment, decrease risk, vulnerability, and impact. All backed up by community involvement.
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